The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of best jazz performance, small group. It reached No. 1 on Billboard's jazz album chart, No. 2 on the R&B chart, and No. 29 on the LP chart.
A Billboard writer commented in 2006 that "what put Montreux on the recorded-live-in-concert map was the legendary Swiss Movement album".
The tapes of this impromptu concert were originally recorded by the festival's organisers and then passed on to Atlantic, who decided to release them after paying a fee of less than 100 dollars.
^Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 96. ISBN0-394-72643-X.
^"'Swiss Movement' Grammy Nominee" (March 13, 1971) Billboard. p. 4.
^Goldmark, Daniel (2012) In "Slightly Left of Center": Atlantic Records and the Problems of Genre. In Ake, David Andrew; Garrett, Charles Hiroshi; Goldmark, Daniel "Jazz/Not Jazz: The Music and Its Boundaries". University of California Press. p. 165.
^"Billboard Top LP's". (February 28, 1970) Billboard. p. 70.
^Whitburn, Joel (1991) "The Billboard Book of Top 40 Albums". Billboard Books. p. 119.
^Ouellette, Dan (June 3, 2006) "On the Record". Billboard. p. 36.